Summary: Salvation, repentance, humility, pride

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“Why going is urgent, not optional”

Romans 3: 10-12 (p 797) Oct. 16, 2011


Have you ever heard the statement “Ignorance of the law is no excuse?” or “Ignorance of the law is no defense?”

The reason behind this belief is that any defendant could stand before any judge and say, “Your Honor I did not know it was against the law to bring an AK47 into the post office while purchasing stamps”

Ignorance of the law does not excuse you from guilt when you break it.

And let me tell you…there are some stupid laws on the books in Kentucky...or were on the books at one time.

“In Berea, KY horses are not allowed on the streets and highways at night unless the animal has a bright red taillight securely attached to its rump.”

“In Frankfort, KY it is against the law to shoot off a policeman’s tie.”

“In Lexington, KY it is illegal to transport an ice cream cone in your pocket”

“In Owensboro a woman may not buy a hat without her husband’s permissions.”

KRS 252.130 (passed in 1922: repealed in 1948 “All bees entering KY shall be accompanied by certificates of health…

And my favorite…. No female shall appear in a bathing suit on any highway within this state unless she is escorted by a least two officers or unless she be armed with a club.” Later, and amendment proposed” the provisions of this statute shall not apply to any female weighing less than sixty pounds nor exceeding 200 pounds; nor shall it apply to female horses.

At one time or another those were real laws on the books…I’m sure many of them were reactionary laws…”Some politician’s wife spent way too much on a derby hat!!! But they were laws none the less.

And we can laugh at how stupid they are…the consequences of breaking one of these would be a small fine…

But what if you were ignorant of a law that brought capital punishment? What if you and I …or any person was ignorant of something or someone…and the consequences were life or death?

Romans 3:22 says “this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE. (No difference whether you are a few that has known the law all his life…or a gentile, ignorant of it.)

There is no difference “For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Here is a Radical truth…


There is a creator…and God’s word clearly tells us He has revealed himself to His creation…All people.

Romans 1:19 says “What may be known about God is plain to them (people), because God has made it plain to them…”

How did he make it plain to them? “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made…so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:20)

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